Rotary kick-start award winner LearnCoach making NCEA clear and simple for everyone.

LearnCoach is the 2016 winner of the Rotary Club of Wellington Social Enterprise Kick-start, run in conjunction with the Ākina Foundation.

In 2012, Dave Cameron (not Britain’s ex-Prime Minister!), had a vision: to make NCEA clear and simple for everyone. Together with co-founder and overqualified doctor Deborah Lambie, Dave used his powers of communication and, for the first time, his Maths degree to create an online oasis of free tutorials to help NCEA students succeed in their exams.

On behalf of LearnCoach, Founder Dave Cameron said the team was delighted to receive the award of $7,000.

“Getting started in any new venture is difficult, the support from Rotary Club of Wellington and Ākina is huge, in terms of the number of additional people we can reach and impact. The networks of people we’ve met and encouragement we’ve got from people has been really positive. This money is going to create tutorials which should reach about 13,000 students in their final year of high school, and enable us to look for anyone in the education space that may be interested in partnership, advisory or other funding programmes.”

Ākina Foundation Regional Director David Clearwater said, “The Rotary Social Enterprise Kick-start Award is more than a helping hand for the worthy winners. It’s a chance for us to promote the social enterprise heroes that are putting their hearts and souls into creating something new for the good of us all.”

Runner up and winner of $3000 award Sub Urban is a co-working, enterprise and community event space. Based in the Johnsonville Mall, Sub Urban aims to become the local “work and go to place” for enterprising people of all ages and industries.

Rotary members watched three-minute videos submitted by the finalists then cast votes to determine the winner and runner-up.

Check out LearnCoach’s video below or by clicking here.

Runner up Sub Urban’s video can be viewed below or by clicking here.

A very honourable mention also to finalists Mo Money and Healthy AZ.

Rotary’s President Mark Wheeler said “I think the Rotary Club of Wellington and relationship with Ākina is really important for NZ. We’re on an embryonic journey of helping deliver Social Enterprise.”

“The two winners were reflective of this, where one has NZ ambitions and one is community based, both important and both able to use this prize money to make a real difference.”

The Rotary Club of Wellington has been an innovator since the 1920s, instrumental in establishing the Wellington Karitane Hospital, the Crippled Children’s Society (now Disability Action), Meals on Wheels, Cancer Society of NZ amongst others.

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